The festive dining experience at Upper West is now available for private parties, celebrations, and business meetings. Upper West is the perfect Santa Monica private party venue to host any of your corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners and more.View Private Dining Details
Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.
Upper West places more value on marketing than food. The food descriptions sound amazing but certainly don’t live up to the taste. The grilled octopus is so charred that it leaves a truly bad taste in your mouth. Beet and kale salad are both drenched in the same dressing that is way to acid and prevents you from tasting anything. Spinach Ravioli were simply put, a little bland and boring, so they were drenched in tomato sauce that was not interesting. The cauliflower appetizer was the only dish out of 4 that was tasty, but not incredibly inventive. Generally all the dishes lacked imagination and seemed like they were put together very fast. It just kind of pains me to fork out about $140 with tip for two people for for something that doesn’t live up to your expectation in terms of food and ambience. I wish the chef and the staff would take their work more seriously and not assume that having a cool name and a restaurant in Santa Monica gives them a permission to take advantage of their customers. I was very excited to try this place, but unfortunately got very disappointed.
Friendly service from the entire establishment, a great menu with several options for vegetarians, great drink menu, and a good environment overall. Some of our group members had been there before and had never tried dessert. Four were ordered and not a single crumb or drop was left behind.
Great place I like it, food was good, service was good too.
My friends and I had the best time! The restaurant is one big room that doesn't feel massive. It has an intimate, European restaurant vibe. The food. THE FOOD!!Everything we ordered was delicious. Unfortunately, I wanted more than I could eat. Regardless, my friends and I left very satisfied and vowing that we would return very soon. The staff was friendly and the owner was very welcoming. It almost felt like you were in his home than his restaurant. This is a good place to try out.
The burger continues to be excellent as are the fries!
Great discovery. The food was great. Very inventive menu and good service.
Too noisy to have any dinner conversation. The crab cakes also had shells in them.
Dining prior to play, great service, friendly staff, excellent food....cant wait to return and not have a dead line to leave...highly recommended
Everything I’ve ever had at Upper West is absolutely delicious. It’s become quite a bar scene, so can get noisy. But the food is so good, it’s worth it.
Always a solid go to. Good food. Reasonable prices. Very good service. Still packed on a week night after all there’s years.
Great private event in the front room - Fred and staff were lovely to work with. Thank you!
Ever consistent and yummy. The 1/2 price bottle of wine Tuesday's just adds to the excellence. Fun, tasty and always pleasant. My go to spot.
There were two of us and we arrived at 6pm and were one of the first few for dinner. They sat us in the outer portion (party room) and when the party arrived at 7pm, i felt all of our service disappeared and there were people from the large party standing around waiting for us to leave so they could add our table to the group. (this was a work related dinner for myself so it made it feel very uncomfortable). The room then was extremely loud so we could hear each other talk. I was very disappointed in choosing to eat at UpperWest.
amazing experience however the kale side dish was too salty.
My wife had been here once before, this was my first time. She had an excellent experience her first time here but it was for a birthday party in the glass enclosed front room.
Our experience at Upper West was at best "OK". It was extremely loud although we were given a "prime" table in the corner of the restaurant. My wife and I were literally yelling at each other the entire evening so we could be heard despite her sitting less than a foot from me. Our service was very slow, our server was either not very responsive to our questions or on occasion he provided misinformation (which was odd).
Most importantly the food was nothing that would bring us back. We had the burrata appetizer, the roasted cauliflower appetizer, the tuna taco appetizer and we split the filet entree. Of all of these the burrata was perhaps the best. The filet was well prepared although did require some garnishing with the horseradish whip for much needed flavor. It was not as tender as we would like for a filet.
I truly wish I could provide a more hearty recommendation of this restaurant but, despite its obvious popularity, we found no reason to return.
Table was over an hour late. Waiter was inattentive.
Excellent food. Very noisy in front room. Drink service a little slow. Bathroom counter always wet.
I just love Upper West! Always such a good time here and good food. Management is also super kind and helpful!
Homey and convivial, the staff casual and attentive, the food lovely, delicious and unaffected, the martini just what the doctor ordered.
Great surprise, right off the freeway so a good meeting spot. Good food, great service and a fun atmosphere!
Our friends enjoyed the food and drinks . Will probably try again.
We had a wonderful evening at Upper West. It was raining outside and the hostess was very sweet about us leaving our umbrellas at the front door. We started with the Mac & Cheese as an appetizer - delicious! There were four of us and we each had a different entree. The pork loin was incredible and the burger was cooked exactly the way I asked. Topped the night off sharing two very yummy desserts. Would definitely recommend and plan to go again.
There was one small snafu regarding our order but our server was very professional and made everything right.
This was our third visit to Upper West. It has been consistent and quite tasty. Our most recent visit was on a Monday night and it was quite busy. It can be a bit loud, but the food is great and the service great too. Would definitely return!
Friendly fun at Upper West
We've come here with friends and alone, plus my husband threw a small surprise birthday party for me here. I've fallen in love with the highly decadent blue cheese potato chips and the raw ahi tuna tacos. On our most recent trip, my husband and I ordered and then shared the delicious hamburger and the crab cake sandwich, which came with wonderful, spicy, marinated vegetables. Both the hamburger and the crab cake sandwich were large and very satisfying.
We were mopping up the leftover sauce from the potato chips when our server asked if we would like some bread - and brought us absolutely delicious slices of sourdough. They are very friendly. The beautiful and colorful art on the walls is a big plus, too.
Love the food and service at Upper West. The hospitality is excellent.
The food and service were excellent. I enjoyed the varied menu and would highly recommend the restaurant. I hope to go back soon.
Great manager! But service was a bit slow and we waited a long time past our reservation time.
We've been twice and will go again for sure. Next time on a Monday with all night happy hour.Love that they take reservations!
Love this restaurant and have been many times. Salmon with couscous is fabulous! The homemade chips with blue cheese and bacon are an amazing appetizer and the cucumber martini goes very well with them. Service is always friendly and professional. Lots of people at the bar as well. One of our favorite spots on the West Side!
Waitress was great little issue with the order she took care of it great customer service
A friends Saturday night dinner with great food and service and a fun vibe! would highly recommend.
This venue was chosen as a meeting spot by our friends with whom we get together every couple months to catch up. When our party reduced from 6 to 4, the proprietor was more than amenable and still put us at a nice table. The food is always good; not over the top and too trendy, and there are enough staples AND creative new dishes to keep things interesting. The service was excellent, not pushy, very informed, friendly but not overbearing. It's an easy recommend.
Never thought to try it because of its location but it was a wonderful surprise
I have been here a few times. The food and cocktails are excellent with a decent price. The service each time is bad. They have no idea what they are doing as far a serving staff. It is so loud in there that the servers can't hear and have gotten my cocktail order wrong twice. We wait a long time for things too. I had a bday dinner there with my sisters, told them on the res & over the phone all 3 of us were celebrating. They missed it and did nothing. I go back but never in a rush or expecting superb table service. Host & manager are always nice & helpful, but they are unorganized in order of service...
Everyday meals are creative and innovative. I highly recommend this restaurant for its service and excellent food.
I really enjoyed this place it was my first time there and there was a happy hour from 5 to 7 which had really great choices and prices on it. I tried the tuna tacos which were delicious. I was there for dinner so I ordered off the regular menu and had octopus salad appetizer and a pasta. I will definitely be back.
The food was great. Everything we ate was delicious. It was busy and kind of loud, but we enjoyed the meal and could hear our conversations so it wasn't too loud.
Amazing. Delicious food, great waiter.